Andy Goldstein believes Everton would be the ‘perfect fit’ for Jose Mourinho ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.
The football world was sent into tailspin when Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed the Portuguese was not moving to the Ligue 1 side because ‘he has already chosen another club.’
Mourinho has been out of work since December 2018 after being sacked by Manchester United following their dreary start to the campaign, although their current form suggests he was performing above his means.
Given how poorly Spurs are performing under Mauricio Pochettino in 2019, speculation has raged that the Argentine could leave north London and be replaced by the bookies’ favourite – Mourinho.
However, Everton have also been linked with a move for the ‘Special One’ given Marco Silva’s poor performances thus far from an expensively assembled team.
Goldstein discussed the likelihood of the 56-year-old returning to the Premier League on Drive, with the duo offering differing views as to where Mourinho would end up.
Gough said: “The thing is, if Mourinho does go to Spurs, that means they are going to have to give him money.
“Because he isn’t going to go there and play with what they have got.
“I think they’re going to have to, because if Spurs play like they have done for the past 12 months – you’ve got to say it realistically even though it sounds daft because they got to a Champions League final.
“It has been a downward spiral, they’ve lost 17 games in 2019 so far – that’s ridiculous when you think about it.
“If he does go there, he knows he is going to get money.”
Former Hull and Olympiacos boss Silva arrived on Merseyside last summer after a bitter row broke out with former side Watford.
However, the effort expended by the Toffees in order to bring him back north has yet to be justified. Expensive outlays on players like Alex Iwobi have failed to yield the end
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product expected and the clock is ticking on his career.
But Goldstein believes the ideal replacement is ready with his trophy-laden CV in hand.
“I think Everton is just the perfect fit,” Goldstein said of Mourinho. “They’ve got millions to spend, Silva is doing a terrible job and they are in the bottom three.
“I just think Everton is the perfect fit. They’ve got money to spend, they’re desperate for success.
“You mentioned earlier on, and rightly so, when he was at Porto and when he was at Inter – biggish clubs but nowhere near the size of Real Madrid or Manchester United – they needed a rebirth.
“And that’s like Everton! I think it’s the perfect fit, he will have money to spend, he will £300million, he will win them trophies.
“He will get them back into the Top Six contention, dare I say even Top Four. But nowhere near the expectation at White Hart Lane.”